Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick wants a special legislative committee to examine a non-partisan state budget board after its director questioned Gov. Greg Abbott's line-item vetoes.
A tea party favorite who oversees the Texas Senate, Patrick and said Wednesday he's "extremely disappointed" in the Legislative Budget Board.
He recommended forming a joint House-Senate committee to examine how it and all other state agencies operate to determine "what reforms are needed."
The latest news from around North Texas.
Patrick's statement follows budget board director Ursula Parks writing that Abbott's line-item vetoes slicing $233 million from the new state budget were "unprecedented."
Parks even supported her case using opinions Abbott made as Texas attorney general, a post he held before becoming governor in January.
Abbott spokesman John Wittman has slammed the budget board as "unelected bureaucrats" making a power grab.